Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Chemistry is the natural science that explores properties and behavior of matter, specifically the elemental composition, structure and physical properties of substances and materials and the transformations that they undergo when reacting with other substances to form new and interesting compounds and materials. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science that provides the foundation for understanding phenomena, observations and processes in the life sciences, geology, ecology, material sciences, pharmacology and forensic and environmental sciences.

When studying chemistry, you will learn the theoretical foundation and basic experimental methods of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry.


First Semeser Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this:


College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16


Additional information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

At a Glance


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Programs Offered:
Major in Chemistry - Core Option
Major in Chemistry - General ACS Option*
Major in Chemistry - Chemical Biology Option*
Major in Chemistry - Environmental Option
Major in Chemistry - Chemical Physics Option
Major in Chemistry - Business/Law Option
Major in Chemistry - Forensic Chemistry Option
Minor in Chemistry - Inorganic option
Minor in Chemistry - Physical Option
Minor in Chemistry Education

* Certified by the American Chemical Society

Certificate Programs:
Certificate in Chemistry Education

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